The vineyards of Lammershoek and Welgelegen lie on the back slope of the Paardeberg Mountain some 50km northeast of Cape Town on the border of the Paarl and Swartland wine regions. The Paardeberg is known as Shiraz and Chenin Blanc country.
Legend has it that the name Lammershoek, meaning “lamb’s corner”, originated from the fact that ewes with their young lambs sought shelter in the forests surrounding the farm, when threatened by the Black Eagle – in Cape Dutch called the “Lammerfanger”.
The farm has been in existence since 1718, although the current owners Paul and Anna Kretzel only purchased it (along with neighbouring farm Welgelegen) in 1995. In those days the entire crop was delivered to the co-operative where they were getting R 1200 a ton for the Chenin Blanc which yielded 5 tons per hectare. Both Paul and Anna have come to winemaking from other careers - they were chemical engineer and nurse respectively - but they have picked up an impressive string of awards and accolades.
Their award winning Chenin was first made in 2000 and the vintage was rated in the top three wines at the 2002 South African Chenin Blanc Challenge out of some 150 entries. This wine almost always features in the top ten South African Chenin Blanc’s.
The label was designed by Stellenbosch based Haumann Smal Design Studio.
By Mike Carter.